Closed much of the year, due to Falcon breeding. Nice hike this Xmas with plenty of snow, just wear gaiters. Park right off exit and walk by humps to TH. You can get ~2 miles out and same back, but you can then take other pathways.https://www.blm.gov/or/districts/prineville/recreation/files/Badlands_Overview_Map.pdf
Take water. This is the desert. Great area for hiking or mtn biking. As you are going east on HWY 20 from Bend, the parking lot is at mile marker 16 - not a lot of signage. On a clear day - beautiful views of the Cascades. Great desert flowers at the right times.
Breathtaking, beautiful trail for all levels. Rock-hopping optional. Natural geological formations, ancient Juniper trees, incredible views, unique wildlife (Mountain Goats). During winter months the trail is EXTREMELY ICY. Remember to be respectful of private property close by. Recommended for everyone!
Aden G. on Badlands Loop Trail
The Flatiron loop trail in Oregon Badlands Wilderness offers subtle attractions. Lava flows, bright, small flowers (in season), tall junipers, and gradual changes in the microenvironment. Folks have wandered bit to explore the lava flows so make sure you don't lose your route.
This is one of my very favorite places. It's an easy hike, very flat desert land all the way out. The sand makes it feel like you are walking farther than you actually are though. The rock formations are cool, and you can do some bouldering and scrambling out there at various secret spots. I've always wanted to hike out and camp out there, but I haven't done it yet. This is my zen hike for sure. Also, it is EXTREMELY hot in the summer. There is hardly any shade..this is the DESERT. Bring lots of water and wear sunblock!
Gloria B. on Badlands Loop Trail
We completed the Flatiron Rock trail yesterday morning. Beautiful sunny day with light wind. Perfect for a hike like this. Very little elevation change. Trail surface was soft sand most of the way. We spent time hanging out at Flatiron Rock taking photos. Scenery was amazing. We were able to see 10 mountain peaks in the distance.
See link below for additional trail information.